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Cesar Gracie Seriously Wants to Train Jose Canseco

(‘Screw this, baby. Let’s go to IHOP.’)

You’d think Cesar Gracie – head trainer/enabler to Nick and Nate Diaz – would have enough head cases in his life to keep himself busy. Either that’s not true, or else perhaps he’s developed a taste for difficult students, because now he is actively courting Jose Canseco. Silly us, we hoped it was just an empty, impulsive gesture when team members put out a video of them in a diner inviting Canseco to come on down and learn how to fight. But now the Gracie squad says it has reached an agreement to train Canseco for a fight with Herschel Walker “should that matchup happen.”

Hopefully that matchup won’t happen, and as a result Nick Diaz will not have to face a crisis of conscience for helping Canseco in his efforts to demean MMA for his own financial gain.  Why the Gracie team wants anything to do with him is a mystery in itself.  Unless they’re not getting a big enough piece of Diaz’s six-figure payday and are dealing with a dire financial situation, you’d think they’d want to stay away from a guy who has proved so toxic to everything he touches.

On his Twitter, Canseco confirmed that he’d had some talks with Cesar Gracie and his staff, and said “things are moving at a fast pace.” Added Canseco:

“Just so you know. I was not professionally trained to fight in any of my other fights. Things will be different this time around.”

We’re hoping the difference is that nobody agrees to pay him to fight this time. 

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meanfinger- February 5, 2010 at 10:46 am
im thinkin its their chance to go heads up with AKA since they are kinda close to each other..
ms isaak- February 4, 2010 at 11:47 pm
Wow we got some racist on here "I hope cansaco knocks out out blackie"u need ur a** beat
ktfo- February 4, 2010 at 11:08 pm
id rather see walker fight canseco , then who ever the fuck he just fought. but judging by walkers first fight and cansecos fight against choi, id say canseco would get hurt
mma samurai- February 4, 2010 at 10:54 pm
@ steampunk22

Maybe they'll get him so baked he'll forget this whole debacle of a fight with Walker and go into his true calling......Wes Sims tag team partner in the WWE. His gimick can be he comes out in his old Oakland Athletics uniform and his weapon of choice obviously could be his baseball bat. Sims will be a pregnant woman and his secret weapon will be to beat his opponents to death with little baby fetus'.
Randy Pan- February 4, 2010 at 8:57 pm
It would almost be worth it to see this whole Canseco v Walker freakshow go down, if only both Canseco and Walker had to fight at least semi-legitimate heavyweight MMA-fighters afterward. It would please me for American audiences to see how utterly irrelevant these two "celebrity"-fighters are for MMA as a whole, just like when Canseco fought Man Choi.

One of my co-workers (who doesn't follow MMA at all) saw the Walker debut fight, and was under the impression that Walker actually kicked some serious fighter's ass. Media hype makes it difficult for non-regular mma viewers to see Walker's fight against Nagy for what it is: an impressive athletic display, especially for a 47-year-old man? Yeah, for sure, but also a noncompetitive fight, designed largely to insure that Walker won. In other words, an entertainment-only fight with a predetermined outcome. Put differently still, these bullshit fights reduce mma to professional wrestling. I can't wait till Kimbo gets his ass kicked, too.
steampunk22- February 4, 2010 at 8:36 pm
@MMA Samurai

I assumed the Diaz brothers wanted Canseco around for his valuable steroid and growth hormone knowledge so he could help with their "garden".


I hope this fight doesn't happen, but in a weird way I don't even care if it does. Walker isn't going to have a career as an MMA fighter anyways, and Canseco isn't either, if they do it for charity or whatever its not quite so offensive. At least its happening in Strikeforce and not the UFC.
mma samurai- February 4, 2010 at 8:29 pm
@ agentsmith

"I was not professionally trained to fight in any of my other fights."

No shit?

You took the words right out of my mouth dude.

Maybe they have hidden cameras set up at the gym and they want to put Canseco getting his ass handed to him by the Diaz bros on youtube
NateGetsIrate- February 4, 2010 at 8:04 pm
It's obvious that Cesar is trying to show people how good a teacher he is and how great his academy is by turning a joke into the real deal. Reminds me of when Nick was talking shit about Scott Smith's academy after he beat him and then invited him to train at Cesar's academy.
jimbonics- February 4, 2010 at 8:02 pm
superflat wins
ihateemo- February 4, 2010 at 4:40 pm
Haha, he must be getting ripped apart (or closely following the blogs) because he just set his tweets to private.

What a baby.
Spidey Sense- February 4, 2010 at 4:36 pm
Oh, and I had to change over from my original name, Hulk Smash, since there's a new person out there calling himself TheHulkSmash. Not much is known about this new character, but I won't take the risk of being brought down by same name association.

VadersAsthmaProblem- February 4, 2010 at 4:29 pm
For the love of all that is right and good in MMA, why? Why, damn you, WHY?!!
yorsh kosher- February 4, 2010 at 4:24 pm
i would like to see this fight. i only hope they dont put this fight the same day of the Wes Sim fight.
El Guapo- February 4, 2010 at 4:09 pm
No way, Jose!

Get it? 'Cause his name is... Ahhh, nevermind.
superflat- February 4, 2010 at 4:04 pm
Peanut butter jelly with a baseball bat.
AldoKnees- February 4, 2010 at 4:01 pm
this is complete ludicrous. there is not one good reason why anyone should put time and/or effort into this man.
TheHulkSmash- February 4, 2010 at 3:59 pm
This fight makes a lot of sense though in some ways. Tons of people hate Conseco, and Walker is pretty well remembered. Who doesn't want to see a celebrity they like beat the living crap out of a celebrity they hate? No one I know. Of course the legitimacy of the sport will suffer...
DeadPull- February 4, 2010 at 3:48 pm
"i hope canseco knocks out blackie"

Oh internet racism, you've made so many idiots so brave when they can't be held accountable.
JerseyFighter37- February 4, 2010 at 3:35 pm
Why can't Canseco just get hit by a car on his way to practice! That would end all of this bullsh!t.
hjdevnull- February 4, 2010 at 3:28 pm
Please just tell me this is some sort of prank where Nick, Nate, and Jake told Cesar, "Yo, get Canseco in here so we can get the name of his weed dealer and then beat the shit out of him."
roms15- February 4, 2010 at 3:27 pm
i hope conseco knocks out blackie
cecils_pupils- February 4, 2010 at 3:27 pm
If Canseco does end up workin with Gracie and the Diaz brothers, at least he will learn how to properly talk shit and mean mug fools.
agentsmith- February 4, 2010 at 3:24 pm
"I was not professionally trained to fight in any of my other fights."

No shit?
Nealio- February 4, 2010 at 3:22 pm
Seriously, who WOULDN'T want to see someone beat the fuck out of Jose Consucko???